The announcement that Britain is to become the first country in the world to legalize In vitro fertilization (IVF) from three donors (instead of the more usual two) is final evidence—if any more was needed—that human genetic engineering is a reality and that the science of eugenics has now been validated beyond question.
Previously, a couple wishing to conceive by IVF would undergo a process whereby a human egg was fertilized by sperm outside the body and then reinserted into the female body for incubation.
This technique meant, of course, that whatever genetic heritage the two donor parents had, was passed on directly to the child.
The procedure now approved by the British government involves transferring the nuclear material of an affected mother’s egg cell into the donor egg of an unaffected woman, whose healthy mitochondria DNA will then be passed on to the IVF baby.
This means that the baby will inherit DNA from three biological “parents” —the mother, the father and the donor woman.
This will “cut off” what is known in the medical/scientific world as “mitochondrial disease”—genetic defects passed down through the maternal line.
These defects include conditions such as:
– Diabetes mellitus and deafness (DAD); Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) which causes visual loss beginning in young adulthood; multiple sclerosis; certain forms of dementia; progressive myoclonic epilepsy; heart disease; liver disease; loss of muscle coordination and other serious conditions like muscular dystrophy.
The three-donor procedure will mean that all subsequent generations of children born to girls resulting from the procedure would also carry the mitochondrial changes—and the defects will effectively have been eugenicized out of existence in that particular family.
This is a development which any normal rational person would welcome—except of course, for the extremist left who—quite rightly—recognize it for what it is: an endorsement of the science of eugenics.
The Jewish head of the UK pressure group Human Genetics Alert, David King, said the procedure will “raise the prospect of designer babies.”
According to King, “these techniques go far beyond anything existing in both invasiveness to the embryo and complexity.”
In one sense, King is correct: the technology is now at a point where humans will be able to change their physical, cognitive, and emotional capacities by modifying genes prior to, or at conception. This can be used to not only eliminate disease, but also other DNA strands which are unwanted—and not all of them might be purely medical in nature.
The science of eugenics—a word first coined by Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin—in the late 1800s—is the idea that human hereditary traits can be improved through the promotion of higher reproduction of more desired people and traits, and reduced reproduction of less desired people and traits.
Galton defined eugenics as “the study of all agencies under human control which can improve or impair the racial quality of future generations.”
* The UK legislation to allow the use of mitochondrial replacement could be passed by Parliament at the end of next year with the first IVF babies resulting from the technique being born within two years.